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Preaching Wisdom Literature

Practical Instruction - Persuasive Preaching - Small Group Practice

October 20-22, 2020 | Austin, Texas
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What Is It?

The Workshops on Biblical Exposition is a 3-day training event aimed to encourage and equip you in the skills needed to read, understand, and proclaim the Word of God.

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The Workshops on Biblical Exposition is a 3-day training event aimed to encourage and equip you in the skills needed to read, understand, and proclaim the Word of God. The Workshop includes times set aside for 1) Principles of Exposition (instructional sessions on how to better handle biblical texts), 2) Small Group Practice (when you will share and receive feedback on two passages you prepare in advance), and 3) Expositions (the opportunity to sit under the word). Each of these sessions is carefully designed to be interrelated for the greatest value in improving your work. In other words, this is a Workshop and not a conference. If you cannot be at all the sessions, then it really isn’t for you.

It is important to note: Partial participation is not permitted. Our pedagogical commitments in the small group sessions as well as the cumulative relationship between the small group and plenary sessions, full participation is required. Extenuating circumstances should be discussed with the Charles Simeon Trust and exceptions will be granted very rarely.

Who Should Attend?

The Workshops on Biblical Exposition are generally for men who are responsible for regularly preaching and teaching. We also welcome those in bi-vocational ministries as well as those training for ministry.

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The Workshops on Biblical Exposition are generally for men who are responsible for regularly preaching and teaching. We also welcome those in bi-vocational ministries as well as those training for ministry. We also have Workshops for women who are responsible for teaching women.

Given our understanding of Scripture, most of our Workshops on Biblical Exposition are for men who are responsible for regularly opening up God’s Word for God’s people. Specifically, they are for those men currently in pastoral ministry and, as such, are responsible for preaching and teaching God’s Word in congregational settings. Though vocational preaching pastors are our priority, the Workshops are open to those in general teaching ministry: including some lay-preachers, teaching Elders, seminary students or professors, teaching missionaries, and those serving in similar roles. Again, our priority is those who regularly preach or teach from God’s Word.

I noticed you just said “men.” What if I am a woman?
We are fully committed to training women for ministry through our Workshops on Biblical Exposition for women. But we also have theological commitments as to what that means. The Charles Simeon Trust adheres to a position on church leadership that is often identified as “complementarian.” While we do not support the ordination of women for pulpit ministry, we do believe that women are called to teaching ministry for women in biblically appropriate settings and should be trained for it as such. It is our conviction that the Church in North America has been particularly slow in this kind of training effort, and as such, we need to do a better job of training women. Women need to be equipped for this task. While the local church should and will do much of this work, we believe that we can support the church in further enabling women. As such, we have established Workshops on Biblical Exposition for women in ministry. We believe that women who are working in ministry in churches need encouragement in their ministry and hope that, by encouraging women to participate in the Workshop for women in ministry, we can also establish a base for fellowship and encouragement. Knowing this, women who wish to attend a Workshop on Biblical Exposition, regardless of where they identify themselves on an egalitarian-complementarian spectrum, are welcome to participate in a Workshop for women in ministry. It is designed for women who are currently in a teaching ministry with the responsibility to teach the Bible regularly. It is open to women who lead in regular teaching ministries including large group instructors, small group teachers, and women’s and children’s ministry leaders appointed by their churches. Women who are interested in this Workshop or have questions about our position or philosophy on this matter are encouraged to contact the Director of Women’s Workshops, Colleen McFadden (cmcfadden@simeontrust.org).

How Should I Prepare?

During the small groups, you will have an opportunity to get feedback on work you’ve prepared in advance.

 

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Leaders

Helm David R. Helm Lead Pastor, Christ Church (Chicago)

David R. Helm

Lead Pastor, Christ Church (Chicago)

David serves as the lead pastor of Christ Church in Chicago and Chairman of the Board of the Charles Simeon Trust, an organization dedicated to the sound preaching of God’s Word. Before that, he served as Lead Pastor in the Hyde Park congregation of Holy Trinity Church. A graduate of Wheaton College, and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, David is ordained in the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) and serves on the council of The Gospel Coalition. For Crossway, he authored 1 & 2 Peter and JudeThe Big Picture Story Bible, and contributed to Preach the Word: Essays on Expository Preaching in Honor of Kent Hughes. He also authored One-to-One Bible Reading for Matthias Media and the 9Marks volume Expositional Preaching.

Powell Jim Powell Lead Pastor, Christ Community Church

Jim Powell

Lead Pastor, Christ Community Church

Jim is Lead Pastor of Christ Community Church in Johnson City, TN. For the past several years he has been intentionally bi-vocational, also serving as an executive in non-profits that address substandard housing. Prior to his current post, Jim served as church planter of West Valley Presbyterian Church in Emmaus, Pennsylvania, and pastor of Harmony Presbyterian Church in Kingsport, Tennessee. He received his Master of Divinity degree from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.

Sanchez Juan Sanchez Pastor, High Pointe Baptist Church

Juan Sanchez

Pastor, High Pointe Baptist Church

Juan has been the Senior Pastor at High Pointe Baptist Church in Austin, Texas, since 2005. He is a graduate of the University of Florida and holds an MDiv, a ThM, and a PhD in systematic theology from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. In addition to training pastors in the United States, Latin America, and Eastern Europe, Juan is also a council member of The Gospel Coalition, a board member of Prédica Fiel, and serves as recording secretary for the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention. He is the author of 1 Peter for You.

High Pointe Baptist Church
Schedule

8:15am-4:30pm, Tuesday, October 20
8:15am-4:30pm, Wednesday, October 21
8:15am-12:30pm, Thursday, October 22
Text assignment passages will come from Ecclesiastes. 

Nearby Hotels

Springhill Suites (2.5 miles)
Hilton Garden Inn (2.6 miles)

Cost

$139 USD before September 29
$159 USD after September 29
Lunch and refreshment breaks are provided each day at no cost.

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